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Trailer Tire Balancing #13994607 05/12/21 03:03 PM
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Looking for a tire shop east of Dallas that can balance a trailer tire with a lug-centric balancer. Every place I have tried so far only does tire balancing with a hub-centric balancer. Someone out there has to have a lug-centric attachment.

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Have you tried discount tire?

Our trailer was lug centric and we bought balanced tires at discount tire all the time for it.

Re: Trailer Tire Balancing [Re: TajChauvin] #13995031 05/12/21 07:20 PM
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Discount Tire balances mine.


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Re: Trailer Tire Balancing [Re: TajChauvin] #13995528 05/13/21 01:03 AM
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Gosh, how did we all drive cars and trucks 80 years, without having "hub-centric" rims? I have Mustang rims on my Toyota Tacoma, and every time I buy tires the tire mounter writes a note on my receipt that they can't guarantee my tire installation, because my rims aren't hub-centric! I ask them, ""How have I been able to drive my truck thirteen years with no problems, if it's such a dangerous situation?" If five or six lugs won't keep a wheel centered, you've got bigger problems. Lots of things on today's autos are over-engineered and under-thought. IslandJim


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Re: Trailer Tire Balancing [Re: TajChauvin] #13996148 05/13/21 04:08 PM
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And a lot of people over think things.


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Re: Trailer Tire Balancing [Re: TajChauvin] #13996376 05/13/21 06:47 PM
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Just curious,
What kind of difference can you expect balancing using lug-centric vs hub-centric?


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Re: Trailer Tire Balancing [Re: TajChauvin] #13998114 05/15/21 12:44 AM
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I don't even bother balancing trailer tires. Discount did balance the last one I bought even though I told them not to. Best thing you can do for trailer tires is run max PSI. I added 10 lbs to mine for a trip to Buchanan and got a nice bump in MPGs.


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Re: Trailer Tire Balancing [Re: TajChauvin] #14000485 05/17/21 01:02 PM
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After watching a few unbalanced trailer tires go down the road there is no way in hell i will not balance them.

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Originally Posted by redchevy
After watching a few unbalanced trailer tires go down the road there is no way in hell i will not balance them.

For sure. And balancing is cheap.


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Re: Trailer Tire Balancing [Re: TajChauvin] #14001118 05/17/21 08:38 PM
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I contacted Discount Tires in Greenville and Rockwall and neither could balance lug-centric tires. I was going to go without balancing as with my previous tires but these new tires ride very rough over 70 mph. Both sets of tires are Goodyear Endurance. I changed out the lugs since I can't find a balancing place and that seems to provide a better ride.

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I agree. My trailer wandered until I had my 4 balanced.
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Re: Trailer Tire Balancing [Re: TajChauvin] #14001348 05/18/21 12:41 AM
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What is the difference in lug-centric vs hub-centric?

I've had Discount Tire in Greenville do pretty much all my tires for the last 15 years and they do a great job.

I do have all of my trailer tires balanced. From an engineering standpoint, it makes zero sense to run an unbalanced tire down the road, on a tow vehicle or a trailer. Folks always say they don't balance them, but that just makes no sense to me.

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Re: Trailer Tire Balancing [Re: redchevy] #14001399 05/18/21 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by redchevy
After watching a few unbalanced trailer tires go down the road there is no way in hell i will not balance them.

They do that when not properly torqued. Mine run fine and trailer tracks well. No uneven wear.. Maybe I will get all 4 balanced next time I replace. It is free at Discount so why not. I have not bothered because Discount does not lug centric balance.

I got lucky sitting on the I30 east exit ramp at Town East. A trailer tire came across 635 at probably 60 mph. It went between me and the car behind me. It made it well up the hill.


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After watching a few unbalanced trailer tires go down the road there is no way in hell i will not balance them.

They do that when not properly torqued. Mine run fine and trailer tracks well. No uneven wear.. Maybe I will get all 4 balanced next time I replace. It is free at Discount so why not. I have not bothered because Discount does not lug centric balance.

I got lucky sitting on the I30 east exit ramp at Town East. A trailer tire came across 635 at probably 60 mph. It went between me and the car behind me. It made it well up the hill.

Funny our trailer tires dont do it and I have never "properly torqued' a trailer tire lug.

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I balance mine because I like the smooth ride going down the highway.


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